Offered by the Department of Literature, College of Arts and Sciences.
Information technology, data science, game design, and even cyber-security want what our innovative Literature, Culture, and Technology (MA) teaches: strong writing and analytical skills, a capacity for abstract reasoning, a penchant for creativity, and, above all else, synthetic thinking and inventive problem-solving. Through careful analysis of texts and theories, the program’s seminars not only emphasize the intellectual but also the emotional and social aptitudes necessary in the twenty-first century workplace. Unlike programs that stress the acquisition of specific information, students are taught how to map onto the world of technology and business the conceptual and analytical skills best acquired by the deep study of texts and ideas.
Full-time students complete the program in 15 months, while part-time students choose the pace that fits their needs. Students supplement core seminars that emphasize conceptual skills with practical courses from one of three tracks: data and computer science, game development and design, or literary studies (literature, cinema, transcultural studies, writing, and writing pedagogy). Students pursuing a technology track have the option of obtaining a specialized certificate in addition to completing their MA. An interdisciplinary professional portfolio or academic project demonstrating the student’s skills completes their degree.